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County Committee election results FSA Update 4-9-14

Posted April 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

County Committee election results

The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers. FSA County Committees are a direct link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They assist in delivering FSA farm programs at the local level.

Hand County is divided into three Local Administrative Areas (LAA). Every third year each LAA must elect a committee person to represent their area for a three year term. In 2013, the election was held in LAA #3. This area includes the townships of Spring Hill, Rockdale, Logan, Pearl, Hulbert, Cedar, Glendale, Ohio, Hiland, Rose Hill, Como, Mondamin, Pleasant Valley, Spring Lake and Bates townships.

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    Farmland Building Supply celebrates opening of new store

    FARMLAND BUILDING SUPPLY recently hosted an open house to show off the new lumberyard. Celebrating from left to right include workers and board members, Dean Duxbury, Darin Swartz, Bob Blake, and General Manager, Janelle Zerfoss.

    Thursday, March 20, members of the Wessington area gathered at the new Farmland Building Supply store for hotdogs and a tour. The occasion was an open house to celebrate the opening of the new store. The event was hosted by the coop board–president Chris Johnsen, vice

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    USDA Encourages Early Registration for FSA Programs FSA Update 4-2-14

    USDA Encourages Early Registration for FSA Programs

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today recommended that farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15, 2014.

    Enrollment for the disaster programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, including the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster

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    FSAUPDATE 3-12-14

    FSA reminder: NAP deadline approaching

    The new Farm Bill has indeed been passed by Congress and signed by President Obama. However, FSA offices are still waiting for details of what new programs are included. It will take some time for the Department at USDA to interpret the farm bill and set up policy and provisions from the law. Therefore, no new programs or signups are available at the County Office level. We will keep you informed as soon as we receive the provisions.

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    Managing the Margin Workshop Set for March 20th

    The SDSU Regional Extension Center in Pierre will be hosting a full day of information focused on marketing and crop production on March 20. The day will start at 10 a.m. with a Managing the Margin Workshop scheduled for the morning. This seminar will include two sessions that will aid market and risk decisions for South Dakota producers.  The first session will cover market outlook for old and new crops (corn, soybeans, and wheat), local cash price forecasts, and the new farm bill program options.  Discussion will include the potential profitability and

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    Agriculture secretary announces effort to improve pollinator health

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a new effort to help farmers and ranchers plant bee forage. The intent is to improve the health of bees, which play an important role in crop production. 

    “America’s beekeepers are losing unprecedented numbers of honey bee hives each year,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Honey bee pollination is estimated to support more than $15 billion worth of agricultural production and commercial production of more than 130 fruits and vegetables that are the foundation of a nutritious diet in the

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    Heartland State Bank
    welcomes two new board directors

    Heartland State Bank welcomes two new directors, Jan Busse and Bruce Blume, to their board.

    Jan Busse was born and raised in Highmore, S.D.  He graduated from SDSU in 1972 with a civil engineering degree, but was offered a chance to run the family business in Highmore and chose that career. Pioneer/Jan Busse Ford has been in his family for more than 120 years. His wife, Lavonne, was born in Wessington. They have four daughters, Lisa, Stephanie, Amanda, and Danika.


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